Heritage 2 Health Buddy Scheme (H2H)

Heritage 2 Health Buddy Scheme (H2H) is a unique community programme that equips students with the skills required to attune to, advocate for and lead change for people with learning disabilities and complex conditions in clinical and professional settings.

Informaton icon Heritage 2 Health Buddy Scheme (H2H) is a unique community programme that equips students with the skills required to attune to, advocate for and lead change for people with learning disabilities and complex conditions in clinical and professional settings.

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Clock icon February – June

Overview Heritage 2 Health Buddy Scheme (H2H) is a unique community programme that equips students with enhanced communication and relational skills required to attune to, advocate for and lead change for people with learning disabilities and complex conditions in clinical and professional settings.

The Buddy Scheme is a four stage programme recognising the evolution of expertise from being able to understand an individual to facilitating a team, leading an event day or working with others to establish a new project.
All participants, including those we Buddy with are celebrated for their contribution.

Details - Time : February – June Training Dates: 19th May , 5th June ( choose one date) Events date: 26th June Reflection Picnic: 9th July Times: TBC

Project Outline; Hosting a large-scale community ‘get-connected’ event day at Ham House for people, of all ages, at risk of social isolation e.g. people with moderate and profound learning disabilities, long term conditions, neurological or respiratory conditions.

Drama, singing and arts projects , where students buddy with people with learning disabilities over 6-8 workshops to undertake a shared challenge e.g. perform a play, create a film.

What you will gain; - Leadership, co-operation and team facilitation skills - Understand how to communicate with people with multiple sensory losses - The ability to respond to uncertain situations - Gain self-confidence and recognise your own abilities - A life enhancing experience - Be part of a collaborative community wishing to expand this programme to other schools of nursing, education, health and social care, arts students

What students say “Buddying helped me to see what people can achieve.”_

“Now I believe I can make a difference“.” It is a brilliant supportive learning experience that I would recommend to anybody.”

"I have used my H2H experience to help advocate for people who are unable to advocate for themselves."

"After being involved in H2H, I want to set up training for Emergency Department staff on how to treat people with learning difficulties and how to think more holistically about their care."

What we expect from you; - Commitment to attend one training day, the event day and reflection picnic day - To inform your practice assessor prior to your involvement - Willingness to be part of a caring , connected and supportive team - Agree to share your experience with others - Be punctual to meetings, training and events You can join us for one event or every year. Most volunteers have such a great time they come back each year !

Location of training and events; Ham House , Ham St, Richmond-upon-Thames TW10 7RS Buddy Project locations vary, but normally at Kingston University or local area

What now? Fill in the application form and choose your preferred training day Prior to practice inform your Assessor of your involvement

Questions? Can H2H Buddies be counted as Practice Hours? If you are in placement during your H2H Volunteering H2H hours equates to practice hours. You will receive 24 hours in total for attending the training day, event day and reflection picnic. We will provide you with a letter to give to your Assessor/Supervisor

Can any student apply? We are keen for student nurses from adult, child, learning disability and mental health to apply. Plus any health, education or social care student. If you are a student from another discipline and can support us in anyway e.g. fundraising, communications, arts, drama or dance, or as a general helper please do get in touch.

Can I invite organisations or people I know who are isolated to event days? Yes, you can. All Organisations and Guests need to complete a guest organisation booking form.

How are event day guests organisations recruited? Participants from the community are invited to take part in these events, often through a trusted source such as a local charity or voluntary organisation.

What do you mean someone at risk of social isolation? People become isolated for many reasons, age ,disability, the demands of caring or due to social status.

What are the benefits for event day guests? These events provide benefits for all involved: therapeutic and motivational experiences – building resilience through facing a challenge - an opportunity for shared learning between generations and cultures - support for new community networks and projects. Following events participants are linked to further community, educational or volunteering opportunities, if they wish.

If I have any questions who do I email? Please email; h2hbuddies@gmail.com

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